Monthly Archives: December 2011
Thank you to Jackie for today’s inspiration, the phrase “Oh no, another day with the relatives.” I hope this fits with what you imagined!
If you enjoy this, please consider leaving a suggestion for one of the later days of Christmas in the comments, either here, or on the original “12 Days of Christmas” post from last week. Thanks!
At Night At Uncle’s Inn
My uncle pushes the door closed and comes back to his seat in front of the fire. “More scroungers,” he scowls. “She was even pulling the pillow up the dress trick, like I’ve never seen that one before. No more pregnant than I am.” He picks up his tankard and toasts it towards my Grandmother, who hasn’t moved from her chair since lunchtime, so that I am wondering if she might perhaps have died.
“You didn’t turn them away?” says my aunt, “We’ve two empty rooms upstairs.”
“Those are for paying customers. Nobody who pulls that trick is going to pay their bill tomorrow. We still might catch a couple of late night tradesmen.”
My aunt pushes back her chair and stomps out of the front door. I hate coming here; they fight constantly, my Grandmother smells of rotten food and sharing a bed with my cousins makes my skin itch next day. But Mum insists that spending time with our relatives is good for my spirit. She and Dad have gone to bed already, but I need to stay up as long as Eugene does or he’ll tease me about it tomorrow.
“There. I’ve put them in the stable,” she crows when she comes back a few minutes later. “They’ll pay half rate. It’s better than nothing.” She picks up a piece of mutton and puts it to her mouth, then stops and turns to her husband, taking the tankard from his hand in one swift move. “Oh, and you’d better lay off the beer, protect our baby. I’d be surprised if she didn’t pop tonight. Pillow indeed!”
Thank you to Stacey (you can read her blog at http://plowright.wordpress.com/) for today’s inspiration, the following festive picture of Tux, the Linux penguin. If Linux in-knowledge is not your bag, join me on Wikipedia to figure it all out here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux) but otherwise I hope the story makes sense to everyone!
If you enjoy this, please consider leaving a suggestion for one fo the later days of Christmas in the comments, either here, or on the original “12 Days of Christmas” post from last week. Thanks!
“Happy Holidays!” slurred Tux, waving a flipper at Gown when she opened the door.
The pink female penguin eyed him suspiciously and Tux looked down quickly. He had wiped Trixi’s lipstick from his beak before he visited Tuxette, and he knew he had brushed away the crumbs of fish from his second meal of the day at her igloo. What could Gown possibly have seen?
“You’ve been drinking.”
“Just a nip to keep me warm on the journey. I’m sorry I’m so late … there was a contra ice flow. On Christmas Day. Can you believe it?”
“Sure,” she said, not sounding it. “And who is that?”
He turned to see where she was pointing: at a small gaggle of chicks led by the unmistakable purple and white figure of Penny.
“Errr … My sister?”
It’s December 23rd, so this will be my last post before the Big Day, which is why I want to start by saying thank you for stopping by my blog, keeping my stats page looking cheery and especially for your comments over the last few months. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, whether you celebrate it as a festival or just enjoy it as a quiet Sunday, and I look forward to seeign you here again soon.
I’m still looking for more ideas for my 12 Days Of Christmas posts, so please stop by here: http://wp.me/p1PeVl-1Z and leave me your suggestions. I’d love to have all twelve from readers’ comments (if you have multiple ideas, that’s cool too) but if not I’ve got a few thoughts up my sleeve!
Friday Fiction fans, I’m afraid we’re taking a break this week (what can I do? Madison has spoken!) but we’ll be back on the case next Friday, so drop by then!
And as a final note, twelve words for you:
Christmas. Unto us a child is born. And a commercial extravaganza too.
Have a good one!
As is traditional, I’ll be spending most of the twelve days of Christmas dashing around the UK visiting various family and friends. I probably won’t have internet access for some of it, and I certainly won’t have a lot of time for writing. But I don’t want to stop exercise my creative muscles, so I’ll have my notebook with me and I’d love to pen a short piece, perhaps 100 words, every one of those twelve days.
To do that, I need your help! If you follow this blog, hopefully that means you like reading what I write – imagine if you could be a part of that! I’m looking for 12 pieces of inspiration – a link to a photo on your tumblr / flickr page, or simply one you’ve found online; a first line, a character or a title, or a writing exercise like the “page of a dictionary” one I did the other day. Anything at all – it can be Christmas related or not, and about absolutely anything you like. If I get twelve ideas, I’ll write one every day from 25th December to 6th Jan and post as often as I get Wifi, so check back or subscribe to see the fruits of your labours!
In the meantime, a practice run, based on a game we played at my writers’ group Christmas Party last week (yup, we sure know how to have fun!). A twelve word story (including the title).
Christmas dinner. Cranberry, stuffing, potatoes, gravy. And Pedro, yesterday’s pet. Gobble gobble.
AS ever, thanks to Madison Woods for the inspiration. Here’s the latest Friday Fiction piece. Comments, as ever, very welcome and if you enjoy writing, nip over to Madison’s blog for inspiration and join in this week or in the future. http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/flash-fiction
“This is it!” laughed Eloise, pointing to a spindly specimen thrown down in a corner. She yelled over the sounds the orphanage choir trilling Silent Night.
Dad turned and laughed with her, catching the irony. But her Mum was standing quietly in front of the choir, apparently lost in the music, and seemed not to hear.
Eloise and her father picked out a prime bushy tree and wheeled it towards the netting station, but Mum was there already, the sparse tree wrapped and tucked under her arm.
She smiled. “It’s Christmas. The season of goodwill to all. Even among trees.”